The Best Of Paris: The Latest Travel Updates

A lot of travel news has been coming out of Paris lately. We've rounded up the most exciting happenings in The City of Light. Check it out. 

Le Bristol Paris Fetes 90th Birthday With Big Events

Le Bristol

It’s been 90 years that the elegant palace hotel has stood sentinel at 112, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris, and to celebrate this feat, Le Bristol is pulling out all the stops. Starting with a Champagne-infused brunch on the Summer Solstice (Sunday, June 21), the hotel will be hosting five glamorous events that channel the Roaring Twenties (when Le Bristol was born). Next up: a festive, pre-Bastille Day soiree on Thursday, July 9, when the gardens will be transformed into a traditional Guingette, the country-style dance halls that used to line the banks of the Seine. On the agenda: straw boater hats, communal tables, and a live jazz orchestra for lots of merry-making.

Famed Pastry Chef Christophe Michalak to Open First Paris Shop

Christophe Michalak
Photo by Christophe Michalak

Big news for pastry fans in Paris: Christophe Michalak— the celebrity pâtissier who has a cult-like following because of his TV shows— will be opening his first dedicated pastry shop at the end of September. Michalak already delights guests of the Hotel Plaza Athénée, a Dorchester Collection hotel, with his jewel-like creations and delicate morning pastries. (Breakfast even comes with its own pastry guide explaining the different treats.)

Hilton Paris Opera Launches Special Summer Sale and Offers Additional Shopping Packages

Hilton Paris Opera just launched a summer sale offering guests 20 percent off the best available rate for bookings made from May 19 through August 23. Additionally, the hotel is offering special shopping packages in partnership with Le Printemps department store during the bi-annual shopping sale season in France, ‘les soldes’, which takes place from June 24 through August 3.

The summer sale offer is available for weekend stays from May 22 through September 27, 2015, and weekday stays from July 24 through August 31, 2015. Room prices during the sale period start from EUR 239.   

Hilton Paris Opera is also offering two shopping packages this summer. The “A Fashionable Stay” package allows guests a chance to receive a 100 Euro gift card to spend at Le Printemps, along with a team of multilingual personal shoppers. Guests will have access to a buffet breakfast and enjoy an afternoon of shopping. 

A Luxury Picnic in Paris by Bellota-Bellota

When the sun is shining in Paris, there’s nothing better than staking out a picnic spot in one of the city’s lovely gardens or along the Seine. A number of luxury hotels and épiceries sell picnic baskets for those too pressed for time to buy the ingredients themselves. One of the most fabulous we’ve seen is offered by Bellota-Bellota, the 20-year-old Paris brand known for its extraordinary Iberian ham.


Called the “meilleur pique-nique du monde” (“the best picnic in the world”), the wicker basket is packed with a selection of the brand’s top-quality products. Think Iberian charcuterie, chorizo, smoked salmon tartare, foie gras, a creamy sheep’s milk cheese and a bottle of Verdejo Jose Pariente wine. Stored at proper temperature thanks to cooler packs, the picnic also comes with chic accessories, glasses, a bottle opener, and silverware. For six people. Available from May 30-September 30. Priced at 420€. For more information, visit